Women are “The cause of my life,” remarked Joe Biden at the United State of Women Conference mid-June.
I can honestly say that no statement has ever tugged on my heartstrings more -- women are the cause of my life.
The United State of Women Conference, in my opinion, is one of the most amazing things this country has ever done. It validates my life work, my passions, and my goals.
Nominee & attendee of the USOW, Robbie Hardy, shared her experience with me. Some of the amazing things that happened:
- As a result of the conference, over $50 million dollars was dedicated to various causes of women and girls, and the Equal Pay Pledge mandated signing companies close the pay gap.
Two of the most powerful people in the world sat on the stage at the USOW conference. And they were women of color (Michelle Obama & Oprah Winfrey).
Michelle Obama heralded women entrepreneurs as “smart, strong, determined.”
Remember, empowering female founders will pay dividends. Robbie shared Mckinsey’s Gender Parity report with me, and it supports this point (yes, gender parity helps women AND men!).
I found myself outwardly ecstatic watching the recaps of the conferences and talking to Robbie Hardy about her experiences. But then, I found myself getting angry:
- Equal Pay was legally mandated by the Equal Pay Act in 1963. 53 years later, and we’re still talking about the pay gap?
It’s LGBT History Month and the USOW. But where are the queer women at the USOW?
It is still legal to be fired for being gay in North Carolina-- putting 159,000 unprotected gay workers at risk. While racial and ethnic diversity have started to become all women’s issues, why haven’t queer women received the same support?
1 in 3 women experience some sort of sexual violence, which is only perpetuated by a legal system than inadequately punishes victims (though many, including Joe Biden & Mariska Hargitay dedicate their lives to this cause).
As per Mckinsey’s gender parity report, the US had high gender imparity in leadership representation and political representation. As Robbie said, we’ve lost ground in some respects, and we have a loooooong way to go. For real gender parity, we need changes in infrastructure and culture to become norm.